Lenten Growth Groups 2019
Worship, Learning & Service Opportunities
This Lenten season, everyone is invited to grow in Christ together by attending one or more of First Presby’s Lenten Growth Groups! The courtesy of your RSVP is appreciated so leaders can make adequate preparations for all participants. Please email Vannessa King at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in attending.
Christian Prayer Practices
Nancy Kahaian, Interim Pastor/Head of Staff
Mondays- March 18, 25 and April 1, 8 | 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Various locations throughout the Church Campus – watch the green sheet
Prayer is a communion with God – one that requires that we listen for God’s heart in addition to expressing what’s on our own. Exploring a variety of Christian prayer practices opens us to connect and commune with God in new ways; it can awaken our souls. Prayer practices such as lectio divina, praying the alphabet and walking a labyrinth will be included in this experiential practices to attend to our own walk with God, so we are better equipped to provide space for others to encounter God.
A Lenten Pilgrimage with Jesus from Bethany to Emmaus
Glenn Coleman, Interim Associate Pastor
Tuesdays- March 12, 19, 26 and April 2, 9, 16, 23 | 7:00-8:00 p.m.
More than once in my life, I have found myself at an Easter Sunday Service experiencing the feeling that I have arrived at the end of the journey without experiencing the Lenten events leading to the glory of the Resurrection. Participants are invited to join me on a pilgrimage through Scripture. We will walk with Jesus as He sets His face toward Jerusalem and travels through Bethany to make His triumphal entry into Jerusalem. We will reflect on Gospel accounts of the Last Supper, the Gethsemane Prayer, the arrest, crucifixion and suffering, and finally, the glory of resurrection. Participants will engage the scriptures, discuss and share perceptions and reflect upon explanations and depictions in faith documents and various media.
Women of the Word: How to Study the Bible with Both Our Hearts and Our Minds
Amberlee Elmore, Director of Membership and Outreach
Sundays- March 10 through April 7 | 5:00-6:00 p.m.
This book study is a group designed for the spiritual formation needs of younger women (college-age through 30 somethings), with an approach to studying Scripture with both our hearts and minds. Jen Wilkin (author) is a young woman who writes for young women! It is hoped that this book study will equip us to engage in the Word in a way that trains our mind and transforms our heart. Please pick up a copy of Women of the Word: How to Study the Bible with Both Our Hears and Our Minds by Jen Wilkin in preparation for this Sunday group.
Janet Chambers, Director of Child and Family Ministry & Sallie Daugherty, Chair of Christian Education
Sunday, March 10- 3:00-6:00 p.m.
Art Room E-301
Participants will be taught needle felting to help create a felted wool cross in a peace-filled setting designed to use art as the focus for contemplative prayer and guided meditation. Take this special time in Lent to come closer to God, to feel the joy of creation and to give thanks for the gift of Jesus Christ. No previous experience is necessary, and all materials are provided.
Bob Newman, Director of the Lay Academy of Religion
Wednesdays- March 6, 13, 20, 27 and April 3, 10- 5:00-5:55 p.m.
Who was Jesus, then and there? Who is Jesus for us here, today and tomorrow? Participants will consider these questions, using the resources of Scripture, interactive methods, confessions of faith, theological articles, guest speakers and find and popular arts. Adult participants will be encouraged to think and create, compose, share his/her own brief, original profession of faith suitable for publication or distribution among family, friends and this congregation, for starters.
Parables and People
Ken Tolley, Director of Mission and Community Ministry
Monday, March 11- 1:00 p.m. – Covenant House, 600 Shrewsbury St. #1
Monday, March 25- 1:00 p.m. – Religious Coalition for Community Renewal, 1516 Washington St. E
Monday, April 8- 1:00 p.m. – Kanawha Valley Fellowship Home, 1121 Virginia St. E
Join this focus study on parables selected from each of the synoptic gospels paired with opportunities to learn more about our church’s partner ministries. Each lesson takes place on a different partner’s campus. After our brief Bible study, we will take a tour and hear from the leaders of these ministry partners. Please join us to explore both the “why” and “how” of our partnerships in blessing Charleston.